My running week (39)

Following my amazing sub-60 at the Southport Seaside 10k last weekend I woke Monday morning with a very tight calf muscle, hobbling around the house I rearranged a walk with a friend for later in the week and took it relatively easy for the rest of the day.  As much as I wanted to go to running club on Monday evening, I actually took the sensible option and stayed home.  Obviously I’m getting the hang of this resting when injured thing!  Impressive stuff!

Continuing rest through Tuesday and Wednesday meant that I was able to join a friend for a run on Wednesday evening.  I met her via the RED January challenge, she’s training for the Manchester half marathon and we’ve been trying to schedule a run for a while now.  We did a steady paced 4 miles, including some hills, it was a great run and I really enjoyed the company.  In hindsight, with the fading light, hi-viz and reflective clothing would have been a good idea, as would avoiding the tree covered lanes, but we managed.

Once home and freshened up I saw on Facebook another friend had posted that she was going to run part of the Warrington half marathon route the next morning and did anyone want to join her.  After brief consideration which went along the lines of you’ve just done a 4 mile run are you sure going out tomorrow morning for an 8 mile run is a good idea?  Probably not but she’s going tomorrow and if I don’t say yes then I’ll miss the opportunity.  And with that I sent a message saying ‘I’m in!’

It was a tough 8 miles, the sun was blazing down on us and the first four miles was a seemingly relentless hill by the end of which my little legs were so tired.  Fortunately the two ladies I were with were very patient in waiting for me when I dropped back.  I’m very happy that I joined them.  Yes, it was hot.  Yes, it was hard.  Yes, I was exhausted.  But it was great to do a long run with some wonderful people.

Two rest days and then on Sunday, being slightly addicted to races now, I’d signed up for another 10k race.  But a 10k with a difference!  The Woodford Village 10k is classified as multi-terrain, the website describes it as follows:

This popular race takes in the roads and footpaths around Woodford and the surrounding area.  The course is multi-terrain with the first 4km and the last 1.5km on tarmac and some mixed terrain in the middle. There is a challenging climb at the 7km and some stunning woodland scenery.

I am especially looking forward to the challenging climb at 7km, i.e. at the point where your legs are so tired that it’s a mental battle to just keep going!  Sorry, why are you doing this again?  I am, however, certain that I’ll enjoy it and will get a fuzzy happy vibe at my achievement.


September stats:

  • no. of runs:  14
  • total distance:  70 miles
  • total time:  12.5 hours

Including 4 races and 1 parkrun

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